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Exclusive: Gigabyte GA-X99-UD5 WiFi Motherboard Revealed



/ 2 years ago
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We have managed to get our hands on an exclusive picture of Gigabyte’s upcoming GA-X99-UD5 WiFi motherboard, pictured above. This motherboard will be part of Gigabyte’s Ultra Durable line for X99 meaning it has the black and orange colour scheme with some silver & grey accenting. Strangely the Gigabyte X99-UD5 WiFi is virtually identical to the flagship Ultra Durable motherboard the X99-UD7 WiFi. We’ve already had a look at that board and the similarities are striking. From further studying we have been able to confirm that there are a few noticeable differences between the two:

  • Gigabyte’s UD5 WiFi sports a FastBoot and OC button which the UD7 WiFi does not have
  • Gigabyte’s UD5 WiFi lacks a USB DAC port on the rear I/O which the UD7 WiFi has
  • Gigabyte’s UD5 WiFi loses a connecting heat pipe between the top heatsink and the PCH heatsink which the UD7 WiFi has

Those four things aside we can say that for all intents and purposes the two boards are more or less identical. This isn’t a bad thing because it means you can get a UD7-quality motherboard for the price of a UD5. However, it does pose a few problems for consumers when it comes to differentiating between the two.

Some of the features about Gigabyte’s X99-UD5 that can be seen from the board include:

  • 4 Way SLI and CrossFire support, bandwidth will vary by CPUs as we know the Core i7 5820K has 28 PCIe lanes compared to the 40 PCIe lanes on the Core i7 5930K and 5960X
  • Dual M.2 connectors which appear to be stacked vertically
  • 802.11 AC WiFI which is dual band and likely includes Bluetooth
  • 10 SATA III ports of which four are shared with dual SATA Express ports
  • Two banks of Quad Channel DDR4 memory support
  • Isolated audio with custom audio grade capacitors, likely Realtek ALC1150 codec powered
  • Overclocking buttons and debug LEDs

The X99-UD5 WiFi looks set to be a cracking motherboard, offering almost all the features of a flagship but without the flagship price.

Source: eTeknix


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  • Roland

    “Gigabyte’s UD5 WiFi sports a FastBoot and OC button which the UD7 WiFi does not have”

    Are you sure? Because at Gigabyte’s website:
    http://www.gigabyte.com/microsite/372/images/models.html

    Both UD5 and UD7 have FastBoot and OC buttons listed

    • Hi Roland,

      At the time this is what we were told by Gigabyte. Now the NDA has passed maybe the info is different, of course whatever is on their site is likely to be the most accurate.

      Regards

      • Roland

        I see. To be honest even their website is not very forthcoming on what differences are, one has to compare the list of marketing jargons. Some differences cannot be told from the website, for example your article mentioned missing heat pipe on the UD5, this is no where mentioned in the Gigabyte site.

        The pricing is also confusing. For example, SOC Force they say is marketed to overclockers, its feature list is bare minimal, yet the retail price is about 30% more expensive than the UD7 WIFI (in the UK). One can argue less features and clutter may mean better overclockability, but one should not be paying more for fewer features! I hope some tech website do a easy layman comparison of features and MRSPs by contacting Gigabyte.